In a sense, Rush Limbaugh has given up.
As the House of Representatives voted on the impeachment proceeding, the radio host went deep into his thoughts on the entire story. From his perspective, supporters of President Donald Trump who are arguing about the substance of the inquiry -- rather than the process -- have ceded ground to the Democrats. And Limbaugh dismissed arguing about the process as mere whining.
So he decided to do something else entirely: Give Trump a blank check.
If Trump is a “surrogate” for hatred of conservatives and supporting him is the same as defending his voters, it is essentially a blank check for the president to do whatever he wants. It’s full culture war, an identity politics defined around revanchism, offering Trump total immunity.
So when we’re discussing impeachment, let’s be clear about the stakes: We’re not just arguing about whether what Trump did is improper. We’re also arguing about whether it is ever acceptable to hold a Republican president to any standard at all.